Should we delete Localism posts about events after the event ?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Centre Realtors

I received an interesting call from a person from  township parks and recreation department yesterday.

They received a call about a concert in the park that was to take place on August 15 and did  not  know about it.

They called and left me a message that they appreciated that I promoted their events but I should update the posts .

When I checked my post it was a post from 2010 that appeared on first page of google . 

In the meantime the parks and recreation had also googled the township and found that I had written about other events and asked if it would be possible to delete posts after the event so that consumers will not get confused.

They ofcourse wondered how the person had come across my post . What were they searching when they came across my post ? 

We receive calls about listings that were posted two years ago but this is the first about an event.

PS She agreed to let it stay on the web site as it had the date and year anyway . She thanked me for promoting local events.

 

 

 

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When you read about events please check the year for the event as some people find information a year later and think it is for that year. . The posts remain online even after the event.

Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

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If you would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION OF YOUR HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS or MONTGOMERY COUNTY call me at 2152758491

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Rainmaker
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi - interesting.. I know that when I search for info - older info comes up  the key is posting the date I guess...

Aug 16, 2012 11:26 AM #59
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Corey Chase
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID

I have had the same things happen as well.  You definitely would think some people would look at see what the article was written.  

Aug 16, 2012 11:33 AM #60
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Gita,  Interesting post and comment thread.  I guess the point here is that we should be careful to qualify our localism posts with full dates.

Aug 16, 2012 11:34 AM #61
Rainmaker
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
It's on the user to check the date on the listing, or event.
Aug 16, 2012 11:40 AM #62
Rainmaker
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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I never even thought about this.  

Aug 16, 2012 11:46 AM #63
Rainmaker
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Scott Fogleman
Witt-Fogleman Team 434-941-8847 - Forest, VA
Witt-Fogleman, Inc. - Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roan

Gita- What a great problem to have... i think everyone else had said the best thing to do...

Aug 16, 2012 11:48 AM #64
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Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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I always date my event posts, often in the title but definitely in the post, so it is clear when it is. While many events I write about happen annually, some are one-time. As long as it's clear that it is not a current event I don't see a problem. And I often talk more about the community in general so the post remains timeless even if the event occurred quite some time ago.

I do find that people will come across an older post about an annual event and not the current one and do no read what it says about the date, etc.

Aug 16, 2012 12:10 PM #65
Rainer
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Susan Shaw
Premiere Plus Realty Co.Marco Island, FL - Marco Island, FL

I agree with the poster who suggested that the exact date should be in the headline

Aug 16, 2012 12:33 PM #66
Rainmaker
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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist
It is a great idea to update those older posts by linking to the current yesr's event. Great job!
Aug 16, 2012 06:16 PM #67
Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - Fleming Island, FL
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.

Gita, what a great question! Like Anita and some others, I started putting the YEAR in the title so there could be no mistake when this event was held. Even if you deletedthem, I'll bet they would still show up somewhere.

Sharon

 

Aug 16, 2012 06:47 PM #68
Rainmaker
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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I agree to leave it and put the year in the title.  But also, I put a link where they can get current info, if they are reading an old post.

Aug 16, 2012 06:52 PM #69
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
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I had a complaint once about an event that ended up being cancelled yet people showed up because of my blog. You cannot win!

Aug 16, 2012 08:09 PM #70
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com - Hood River, OR

I wouldn't delete them as I want our name to keep coming up. But I'm now more careful about putting the year in the body of the blog and maybe even the title. Just the other day, someone commented on an old blog of mine that I had the dates wrong... it was from 2010 and the dates were right for that year.

Gretchen

Aug 16, 2012 08:49 PM #71
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Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

I wouldn't delete either. Besides, even if the event took place in the past, it is still quite informative after the fact. If it's an annual event (4th of July parade, town parade etc), a person who is new to the area would be interested to know what will happen, to make a decision if they want to attend it or not. We shouldn't delete after the fact.  even though we were not hosting or organizing the event, we were writing about it, so content is ours to keep and use. 

We probably might insert the date one extra time in the post, just in case. I was once searching for 4th of July fireworks in certain town, and several sites came up, with contradicting info at first. I then realized these were events and schedules from 4 different years, but they were appearing not in any kind of order. 

Aug 16, 2012 08:59 PM #72
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Bryan Robertson
Catarra Real Estate, Inc - Los Altos, CA
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I have seen old event posts get higher ranking than new posts.  It seems to depend heavily on the title and how well written the article is.  When I tweak my newer posts, they outrank old ones.

Aug 16, 2012 09:08 PM #73
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Gita:

When I began posting, I did not date events that I posted about.  Now I do date them clearly.  I have gone back to those old posts and put the correct dates in the posts.

Aug 16, 2012 09:10 PM #74
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
CNE - ASP - SRES .... Uxbridge Ontario Real Estate

Gita - Interesting train of thoughts going on here my best post ever for traffic is an annual local event but the post is several years old and I post about it every year.

Aug 16, 2012 09:14 PM #75
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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Gita - I wouldn't delete them though I would go back and make sure that they all have the year.

Aug 16, 2012 09:57 PM #76
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Laura Murray
Weichert - Silver Spring, MD
Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes www.MDRealEstateOnline.com

I agree the reader needs to take some responsibility.  i don't think that checking the date is asking too much of the reader.

Aug 16, 2012 11:41 PM #77
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Old posts are good for SEO so I say keep them. If you are putting up the date AND year, then most readers will understand.

The old posts also show was has taken place in your community in the past, which is a good indicator of the type of community you are in, which is useful information for many readers.

Aug 17, 2012 12:16 AM #78
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